Maurizio Sarri future discussed as pressure of Chelsea's sacking habit looms

Friday, February 1st, 2019 12:46pm

By Will Beckman @Will_Beckman

Maurizio Sarri could be sacked by Chelsea in the summer if he does not secure silverware for the Blues this season, the club’s former winger Clive Walker believes.

Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat away to Bournemouth saw Chelsea drop out of the Premier League’s top four and piled more pressure on the Italian, who has now suffered three consecutive losses away from home.

Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final on February 24 and could still win either the FA Cup or Europa League, but Walker feels failing to secure at least one of those trophies could cost Sarri his job.
“Sarri is no different to some of the other managers that have come and gone over recent years,” Walker told Ian Stone’s Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

“He deals with things his way and if that’s not the correct way in the end he will move on in the future.

“That’s how Chelsea have dealt with managers through the Roman Abramovich years.

“It’s a highly pressurised job and the challenge is to keep your job for as long as possible.

“That will only come with results and trophies at the end of every season, which Chelsea still seem to get in one way or another.”

Sarri held a one-hour meeting in the dressing room with his players following Wednesday’s humiliation on the south coast, which saw Chelsea capitulate in the second half.

Walker supported the Italian’s decision to hold the inquest immediately after full-time and backed Chelsea to return to winning ways against Huddersfield this weekend.

“There’s no big disaster right now,” Walker assured.

“The good thing is that without being disrespectful it’s Huddersfield at home at the weekend, so it’s a good opportunity to turn things around again with a positive performance and result.

“Hopefully they had an open discussion [on Wednesday] and people were very honest.

“I don’t think it’s particularly a bad thing to have a good discussion straight after a game when emotions are high and the players are upset about the performance and result.

“It saves doing it the next day when they’ve had a chance to reflect, maybe understand that sort of meeting is coming and plan what they were going to say.”

Walker also backed January signing Gonzalo Higuain to solve some of Chelsea’s problems in attack after making his Premier League debut in midweek.

“I actually liked what I saw [on Wednesday], he’s one of those very, very clever centre-forwards,” Walker added.

“Sarri feels he was the right player to bring in at this moment and to be honest Chelsea looked like they’ve needed that type of player.

“If he is given time to settle then hopefully that’s going to resolve the problems they may have.”

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